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Filesoup Torrent Site to Shut Down and sell domains

June 5th, 2012 Comments off

As reported by Torrent Freak, one of the oldest filesharing sites, Filesoup, is shutting down and selling their domain names.

When the site started there was no Pirate Bay, no Torrentz, and isoHunt wasn’t searching .torrent files yet. FileSoup outlived many of the sites that sprung up around the time and developed an active and warm community.

The site was founded in 2003 and had no problems and challenges, keeping  operating for years until a raid was conducted at the homes of two of the founders in the summer of 2009 and they were arrested for questioning. Even though the charges were dropped in 2011, the proceedings effectively killed the activity on the site.

More information regarding the domain sale and the shutting down of the site can be found here.

[via The Next Web/TorrentFreak]

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Dutch Anti-Piraciy Group Takes Down Download Sites

December 17th, 2010 Comments off

After US authorities seized domain names twice earlier this year, a Dutch Anti-Piracy group  (BREIN) has now been able to follow suit and shut down 29 additional sites by working with the MPAA and the sites’ hosting providers; in this case the domain names itself were apparently not seized. The last set of seized domain names by US Immigration and Customs were taken over by ordering the registry operator, Verisign to change the nameserves and lock the seized domain names at the registry level.

As TechDirt reports, BREIN has apparently shut down 29 sites, but has refused to provide a list of the sites according to TorrentFreak, so it is not known if the sites were actually directly offering downloads or merely acted as pointers to peer 2 peer downloads. The sites were shut down without informing the owners and at least one of them (hd-united.com) was temporarily redirected to BREIN’s website. Considering the shut-down happened at the hosting level, the owners of the domain names will be able to repoint them to another hosting company. Currently hd-united.com is no longer resolving.

[via TechDirt]

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